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Garden Trellis 

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Garden Trellis 

Written By: Nathan 



Measuring tape (1) 


6 (10-foot lenqths) 2x2 cedar (for 

Scissors (1) 

verticals) (1) 

mallet or hammer (1) 


9 (8-foot lenqths) 2x2 cedar (for 

shovel or post digger (1) 

horizontals) (1) 


2 larae balls of areen twine (1) 


Wooden finials (optional) (1) 


Powdered qypsum (or flour) (1) 


6 (4-inch) tomato plants (1) 


Build your own trellis to work from season to season for planting summer tomatoes, fall baby 
luminia pumpkins, and spring edible peas or sweet peas. When the season ends, either untie 
and store the trellis or leave it in place year-round for visual interest. 

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Garden Trellis 

Step 1 — Garden Trellis 

• Select a flat, level location in full 
sun (if growing tomatoes). Clear 
out any debris. Measure the length 
and width to suit your particular 
space (ours is 8 feet by 3 feet) 
then mark the four corners with 
gypsum or other powder. Our trellis 
required a third vertical post, so we 
marked the midpoint on each long 
side with more dots of powder. You 
will now have the outline of your 
trellis and the points where posts 
will go. Note: You can change the 
size of the trellis to suit your 
needs, but be sure to have your 
lumber cut accordingly. 

Step 2 

• Loosen the soil where dots are 
marked with a sharp shovel to a 
depth of 1 foot for each of the six 
posts. Using a mallet -- or even a 
large rock -- pound the vertical 
posts into the ground. Measure 1 
foot down from the top of each 
vertical post, and then tie opposite 
sides together to make three 
teepee shapes. 

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Garden Trellis 

Step 3 

• step 2 With strong twine and sturdy 
knots, tie the horizontal rails at 2- 
foot intervals on each side of 
vertical posts. Snuggle the 
remaining horizontal post into the 
crossed pieces at the top of the 
trellis, and secure. (We added 
screw-on wooden finials for a final 

This trellis will help hold up many kind of plants like tomatoes, cucumbers, morning glories, etc. 

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